(El Estanciero, an Argentine version of Monopoly at the Museo de la Ciudad. Photo by i_gallagher)
Start the week off by visiting one of the few open museums on Monday, the Museo de la Ciudad (The City Museum). Current exhibitions include a display of the city’s doors, toys and musical instruments amongst others.
In the evening check out Opera Remix at the Maipo Theatre. This group of lyrical singers formed at the Colon Theatre present, as the name suggests, a remix of Opera, giving it a pop twist. Tickets here.
Don’t miss out on some of the best pizza in town on the other side of Corrientes Avenue at Las Cuartetas.
Defensa 219 / 223, San Telmo
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm
Esmeralda 449, Downtown
Av. Corrientes 838, Downtown
(A 10 peso note from the Santa Fe Province in 1882. Photo by lu6fpj.)
For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are offered.
Just a few blocks away from the museum is Av. Santa Fe which is great for shopping, and for an outstanding lunch, ten blocks away from the museum, is Spanish restaurant Oviedo.
In the evening head to chic downtown bar Le Bar for some great cocktails and live music.
Museum of External Debt
José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm
Beruti 2602, Recoleta
Open: Mon-Sat 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.
Tucuman 422, Downtown
From 10pm onwards
(Little Red Riding Hood in Palermo. Photo by Oye Apitoño!)
Explore the city by setting out to find these three odd monuments: The football monument in Plaza de Mayo, a monument of Little Red Riding Hood in the Palermo 3 de Febrero parks and a small version of the Statue of Liberty at the Barrancas de Belgrano Parks (Sucre and Vertiz).
In the evening head to the Centro Cultural Konex in the Abasto area for their Wednesday La Garufa event where you can take a tango lesson at 8pm and witness/dance in a milonga at 11pm.
Sarmiento 3131, Abasto
(Warholized Borges by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino)
Walk the Corrientes Avenue and explore books stores, cross the 9 de Julio Avenue where the famous Obelisco is and then head to one of the Notable Bars/Cafes in the area. Because Buenos Aires is the 2011 book capital, these cafes and bars will have Borges books available for you to read whilst enjoying a cup of coffee with pastries. In the Corrientes area you can try La Giralda (Av. Corrientes 1453), El Gato Negro (Av. Corrientes 1669), and Mar Azul (Tucumán 1700).
In the evening head to the Boris Club de Jazz to check out Pablo Decal’s presentation of his new album at 10pm.
Gorriti 5568, Palermo Hollywood
(Ponchos by Eduardo Amorim)
Check out some of the cultural expressions of the rest of the country by visiting the exhibit of La Pampa artists and artisans being held in the Casa de la Cultura.
In the evening Cesar Ilella and La Negra Charga bring music from the north of the country to the intimate stage of La Trastienda in San Telmo.
Casa de la Cultura del FNA
Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Downtown
Balcarce 460, San Telmo
Saturday and Sunday
(Details from the pillars of the Casa Rosada)
Take advantage of the free weekend tours of the Casa Rosada (the government house).
Tours run from 10am-6pm.
On Saturday Dancing Mood is playing at Niceto Club, one of the city’s hottest nightspots.
Niceto 5510, Palermo